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An Epukiro councillor, Vejama Kanguatjivi, said he was aggrieved by a massive project, worth about N$66 million, which was awarded to Chinese contractors. Revenue generated by the Electricity Control Board (ECB) during 2019/20 financial year amounted to N$93.7 million, representing an increase of 4.8% from the N$89.4 million recorded in the previous financial year. The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation, Utoni Nujoma, has urged for increased focus on the implementation of international labour standards and good practices in Namibia. Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Peter Vilho last week stated that the Veteran’s Housing Programme is on hold until 2022/2023 due to a lack of funds to continue with housing delivery. Some opposition parliamentarians are not impressed by the mid-year budget review for the 2020/21 financial year, which was tabled last week by finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi. Almost N$4.4 million was paid out to communal conservancies and farmers in communal areas during 2019 through the Human-Wildlife Conflict Self-Reliance Scheme for livestock losses, crop damages and loss of human life or injury to humans. Presenters at the Africa Diamond Conference webinar last week assured industry players that synthetic diamonds will continue to grow exponentially, especially in terms of the volume but not so much in terms of value. Minister of Finance Iipumbu Shiimi last week said to revive the domestic economy, the country’s public finances should be stable. Mobile telecommunications giant MTC has strongly refuted allegations of favouritism regarding the erection of network towers and has shed light on criteria for setting up the infrastructure. He stated that there was no favouritism in the appointments and said it was characterised and anchored upon the principles of “Although the reduction of the low margin goods materially affected sales, this was overcome by venturing into alternative higher margin lines. Namibia needs to be prepared well ahead of time to mitigate against the unintended consequences for the ambitious African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by exploiting opportunities in the agreement.